Little League Baseball and Softball Suspend Operation Until At Least May 11th

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WILLIAMSPORT, PA-Today, the coronavirus scare across the nation has prompted Little League International to postpone its 2020 season until at least May 11th, according to a statement on their website.

“Little League International operates more than 6,500 programs in more than 84 countries, and therefore, we recommend that our leagues exercise an abundance of caution and implement a temporary suspension/delay of all league activities until no earlier than May 11,” the league said. “As information continues to become available regarding the increasing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to provide you, our leagues and district administrators, with additional guidance on the implementation of the Little League program in your local communities.”

“Following the latest recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to refrain from gatherings for at least eight weeks, the leadership at Little League International chose the May 11 to coincide with that guidance. Our previous recommendation was April 6, however, we are now advising all leagues suspend/delay their activities until May 11,” the organization added.

Little League International strongly advises that local programs follow the guidance of their local authorities, evaluating school district closures, and local health department recommendations before resuming season play. Little League will be considerate of the missed game play opportunities as we establish an interim policy for tournament eligibility for the 2020 tournament season. It is our hope to alleviate any concerns of the impact of the situation on the tournament season and that your league and its families can focus on the health and well-being of your community at this time.

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